A friend sent me the following picture with the caption:  If you only focus on the problem, you might miss the easy solution.  

I thought of this when another friend was having trouble putting the link collar on my dog.  One link had flipped around and so it wouldn’t properly connect with the next piece of the chain.  I turned the collar the other way and presto — the solution became obvious to all.  It was easy to only look at the links in the way they had originally landed, but that was like the squirrel just staring at the gate.

The next time you have a dilemma, don’t just look at it one way.  Shift your perspective and see if the new lens gives you new insight on the path to follow.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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